Social Issue: Poverty 


Poverty as a social issue is clearly and well presented in this interview. We can see how her life back in Haiti was hard with a terrible economy. Life was so hard that sometimes she would go without food. Thus, this drove and motivated her to want more in the United States as she was told life was better there and the opportunities were endless (“Reasons Behind Haiti’s Poverty”). Her life and experiences depict well the effects of poverty on this country that it makes the citizens migrate to other countries with the hope of better lives. Therefore, we can see well the issue of poverty that is rampant in Haiti through her personal experiences.

We can see the different stages of her experiences. She tells us about how her family had financial problems that she did not even finish her high school studies. We can also picture the situation when she explains that sometimes she would go without food. Thus, this lack of basic needs drove her to want to migrate to the United States of America (Lundahl). With the hope of creating a better life for her and her family, she struggles even with the high cost of legal papers and the patient of waiting for them to be processed. Eventually, she gets into the United States and works hard and secures a stable life for her children and small brother.

Through the experiences of the interviewee, I have learned the different struggles that immigrants go through. It is evident how poverty affects the lives of these people and how they are not exposed to the same experiences to others. The long wait to get papers and the expenses as well just add more problems to an already worse situation. These experiences have also shown me a new perspective on the hopes and dreams of these immigrants (“Reasons Behind Haiti’s Poverty”). Even for those that flee into the United States, though illegally, all have needs and are desperate. It is necessary to understand the situations that force these people to consider fleeing their country.

In my opinion, this issue of poverty is still a significant problem in our society. The country cannot fully prosper when some of its citizens do not have access to the basic needs in life like food. The illiteracy levels are also increasing as children do not attend school to the required standards or to significant levels that they can bring positive change to their families. According to the interviewee, she migrated to the United States with her three kids and little brother and left the rest of her family in Haiti (Lundahl). These high fees charged to get legal papers and the tedious process discourages most, denying them a chance to better their lives. In an average, only a small percentage of these people make it or succeed with this process. Then what happens to those left behind?

From the interview, we can see that the life of this interviewee changed in a good way after migrating to the United States. She beat all odds and pushed through the hurdles of high costs of legal papers and the long wait until she finally succeeded to get into the United States. She chased her dreams and worked hard until she bought a house of her own (“Reasons Behind Haiti’s Poverty”). This goes to prove that the economy of a country is critical in improving the lives of its citizens. After a while of staying in the United States, she eventually became a permanent citizen and is now sure of a secured future for her and her children.

To curb this situation and help these people, it is necessary for the governments in these countries to work together in order to lift each other’s economy. This will be very useful as the countries with poor economies can stabilize their markets, creating opportunities for its citizens opening up more job opportunities. This way the citizens will not have to go through the struggle of looking for legal immigration papers in order to look for ways to survive. The laws on the immigration should also be revised in order to favor those that try to get into the country using legal means (Lundahl). Reducing the cost of the legal papers is the first step that can be taken in order to lessen the burden on the people. It is clear that if given a chance, these people can make their lives better. Thus the government should work towards giving them a better chance at improving their lives.

The state of the economy in Haiti is horrible such that its citizen’s feel like they cannot live in their own country. Thus the need to migrate to other countries they believe have better opportunities. The situation of this employee is a story that gives us a personal insight into the real experiences of the Haitians. The economy is so bad, and the poverty level so high because there are not enough job opportunities for its citizens (“Reasons Behind Haiti’s Poverty”). The number of the illiterate is also high as children do not get the chance to finish their studies. Thus they are stuck in the same country without much hope with other resulting to becoming illegal immigrants in the neighboring countries like the United States of America.

Poverty as a social issue has significant effects on the economy and more deeply on the people. To overcome this, people have to work extra hard and go through many challenges in order to have a better chance in life, just like in the story of the interviewee. The government has the challenge to make sure that it improves the lives of its citizens by enhancing trades and the economy at large. These citizens should also be empowered for them to work hard and help raise the economy of their country as well. The education factor should also be dealt with practically since any form of empowerment of the community begins with the children.

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